Minnesotans will mark World Autism Day Monday at an annual rally at the State Capitol.
Children and adults with autism face challenges learning, socializing and doing some physical activities. At the rally, parents can learn about autism therapy, education, housing, insurance, employment, anti-bullying strategies, and legal issues.
Autism activist Wayne Rohde, who has a 14-year-old son with autism, said the array of scheduled speakers at the event shows the political support for autism awareness.
"The event is going to be keynoted by the governor and also Rep. Kim Norton who has been spearheading legislation in regard to insurance coverage and also housing and residential living issues," Rohde said. "Rep. [Jim] Abeler is going to be there speaking. We have some families and some parents speaking."
Gov. Mark Dayton will speak at noon.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week released findings that estimate 1 in 88 children have an autism-related illness. That's up from a previous government estimate of 1 in 110.